Mayor Bill Foster and former state representative Rick Kriseman will go head to head for the role as Mayor of St. Petersburg after primary election.
St. Petersburg mayoral candidate Rick Kriseman took second place in a close contest with St. Pete mayor Bill Foster. The Kriseman campaign celebrates as he delivers a victory speech.
ST. PETERSBURG, Florida -- St. Petersburg mayoral candidate Rick Kriseman took second place in a close contest with St. Pete mayor Bill Foster.
With almost 50,000 ballots casts, the difference was less than a thousand votes, meaning Kriseman will face Foster in a run off in the November election.
Had Mayor Foster received 51 percent of the votes, he would have won re-election outright, but it was close Tuesday night with Foster at 40 percent and Kriseman at 38 percent.
The numbers came in early, and the Kriseman camp was thrilled with the results, saying it was a clear example that the community wants change, leadership, and opportunity. During his victory speech, Kriseman told a packed room of roughly 200 supporters at the Palladium in downtown St. Petersburg that the next ten weeks leading up to Election Day will be a tough fight against the well-funded and well-oiled Foster political machine, but victory is a clear possibility.
"I will never sacrifice my convictions for what's politically convenient, nor will I squander a single moment of my time in office. My friends, there's a lot of work to do. A lot of people want change, and with your help, I'll deliver it," said Kriseman.
Others facing off for City Council Member seats are:
- Darden Rice- 45.79 %
- Carolyn Fries- 26.11 %
- Karl Nurse- 69.3 %
- Sharon Russ- 18.61 %
- Amy Foster: 56.14 %
- Steve Galvin: 18.26 %
Click here to see percentages from each race.